The painter and the art historian
A 40 mm documentary film recorded on May 13th 2012, at the Courbet Farm, by Lionel George for the Conseil général du Doubs. Thierry Savatier a specialist of Gustave Courbet's work & Jean-Pierre Sergent have been talking about his influences in his monumental wall installation for rhe show Nature, cultures, the worlds origin's.
They also discussed about the obvious and more intimates connections between Jean-Pierre's and Courbet's works: specially the monumental sizes of their paintings and the similar constant uses of the themes of Nature and of the eroticized women bodies largely represented in both of their art works.
Thierry Savatier is an art historian specialist of the XIX century and writer of : L'origine du monde : Histoire d'un tableau de Gustave Courbet. He is editor of the art blog in the famous French newspaper Le Monde : « Les Mauvaises fréquentations » .
His conferences have been held at the folowing places: Les Tribulations de L'Origine (Université d'Amiens), L'Ori-gyne du monde, image ob-scène ? (New York University, Ecole normale supérieure de la rue d'Ulm), La Scène érotique chez Gustave Courbet (Université de Rennes), L'Origine du monde (Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Fondation Beyeler, Musée de Thouars), Le Dictionnaire de cuisine d'Alexandre Dumas (Musée de Thouars), Le Non-dit dans le cinéma de Nadine Labaki (Université Saint-Joseph, Beyrouth). Thierry Savatier had also written the preface to Sergent's exhibition catalogue "Nature, cultures, l'origine des mondes".